From near the sea to idyllic Georgian villages and towns, we’ve rounded up the best properties on the market in the New Forest right now…
1. Windmill Lane, Ringwood
This beautiful family home is a spot of modern flair in bountiful countryside. Designed by renowned architect David James, this 5-bedroom house overlooks Avon River with the idyllic Avon Valley beyond – views afforded best by the home’s glass fronted balcony. Although surrounded by lush nature, this property boasts all the luxuries of 21st century living within its striking glass-laden facade; mechanical whole-house ventilation, underfloor heating, vaulted floor-to-ceiling windows and a fully-kitted state of the art kitchen. The glass and oak staircase leads the way to the bedrooms, all spacious and featuring en-suite bathrooms as well as dressing rooms.
2. Old Vicarage Lane, Lymington
Boasting the sweetest old-timey exterior complete with thatched roof, exposed beams and casement windows, this family home looks deceivingly small and cutesy whereas the reality is much more grand. Each of the 4 bedrooms are generous, and the living area with open-plan kitchen and French doors leading onto a beautiful garden are ideal for entertaining. Plus, sprawling grounds of close to 5.5 acres including a mature garden and enclosed tennis court, you definitely won’t be short on space. Beyond the grounds you’ll find the charming and much sought after forest village of Sway.
3. Lower Chilland House, Winchester
This Grade II listed building dates back to the mid 18th century and is the epitome of countryside luxury. After a sensitive restoration, the property has been designed to a first-class standard with family living, country relaxation and large-scale entertainment in mind. Within its classical facade is a bright and airy contemporary living space that tends to your every wish – even the most lavish, and delivers on the tiny details. Besides the main house is The Mill House, also a Grade II listed property converted to provide a double-height gym, treatment room and workspace. Keen fishers will delight knowing the banks of the River Itchen (the world’s premier chalk stream for fly fishing) is (literally) a stone’s throw from the home.
4. Little Harrow, Bransgore
This immaculate 13 bedroom house is believed to date as far back as the 1850s and over a period of 25 years has been lovingly refurbished and resorted to offer the perfect mix of modern and country living. Set over 15 acres of grounds, the home includes fabulous amenities for luxurious family living including an indoor swimming pool and double tennis courts. Superbly located, the house offers easy links to both Bournemouth and Christchurch.
5. Little Salterns, Beaulieu
This picture perfect home is built as an open crescent, optimising its majestic setting on the shores of the Beaulieu River (which can be accessed via a private, gated lane). The home’s charming exterior opens up into a bright, airy welcoming space flooded with natural light from reception hall’s south-facing French windows which look out onto spectacular views. A swimming pool and tennis court provide on-site entertainment while the nearby Bucklers Hard marina is home to The Royal Southampton Yacht Club for sailing excursions.
6. Eaglehurst, Hampshire
Utterly majestic in its white facade and hugging the coast of the Solent, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Eaglehurst for a castle. Despite its impressive size the 11-bedroom property is tucked away within the New Forest National Park without any other civilisation within ear shot. Three formal rooms comprise the heart of the house, while a cinema room, study and numerous multi-purpose rooms are welcome add-on luxuries in this beautiful home. Truly, the pictures speak for themselves.
7. Castle Hill Lane, Burley
Dating back to the 17th century, this spectacular New Forest home was designed and built by Victorian architect, Sir Arthur Clough and is one of the largest properties in the forest. Aptly named, Castle Hill House is fit for royalty with a total of 15 bedrooms across the main and secondary house, a landscaped garden, private woodland and potential equestrian facilities. Sensitively and lovingly restored by the current owners, the immaculate property is idyllic; the perfect gateway to the surrounding forest.
8. Malwood Walk House, Lyndhurst
Sitting at the end of a long drive with a beautiful listed gatehouse, behind charming wrought-iron gates is this whimsical, grand, country home. Rich in history, the property’s magnificent drawing room boasts an ambience of a Tudor Great Hall, complete with a full-height bay window, carved ceiling and a large stone fireplace. If you find yourself inspired by your stunning surroundings, The Gate House is a charming, partly tile-hung building providing the ideal space for a studio or workshop, but with a kitchen, siting room bedroom and bathroom, it can also double as secondary accommodation.
9. Waterside Mill, Wiltshire
Nestled on the beautiful banks of River Avon, this exceptional 18th century home boasts enormous historic character. Period features abound like exposed timber beams give the property a warm ambience, and its locale simply can’t be beat; the heart of the popular village of Downton provides excellent facilities, while Salisbury is only 8 miles away for more occasional needs. The home’s bright conservatory is a beloved addition to the house, perfect for summer afternoons reading after an energising morning walk in the surrounding National Park.
10. Yew Tree Cottage, Landford
A place as sweet and quaint in name as it is in decor, Yew Tree Cottage is an idyll in New Forest. Dating back to the late 1600s, this family home has been meticulously cared for with its period features in wonderful condition, including original pillar beams, oak flooring and a feature full-width Inglenook Fireplace with wood burninng stove. Four generous bedrooms make it a perfect place to lay down roots in the country with family, and the surrounding village of Landford boasts an array of amenities which include excellent schooling.
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